Loch Monzievaird offers great accommodation in surroundings full of natural beauty and interest. This area of Highland Perthshire abounds with wildlife and activities, and is a convenient centre from which to tour other parts of Scotland.
Loch Monzievaird at Crieff offers one self catering holiday cottage and 23 self catering Norwegian holiday lodges, sleeping between four and eight guests. They offer wonderful holiday homes in a beautiful region of Perthshire, where the Highlands meet the Lowlands at the very heart of Scotland.
Loch Monzievaird is a beautiful Highland estate set in an historic designed landscape. The grounds are protected by Historic Scotland and extend to 40 acres. Across the road from our entrance is a small track that connects into a huge local path network. We are two miles from Crieff, hidden away in a quiet location perfect for either using as a base from which to discover Highland Perthshire or to venture to the east or west coast on days out.
Each of our self-catering holiday homes provides four-star standards of accommodation and comfort, set in extensive mature grounds of oak and beech. The lodges are private, well spread out, and take advantage of differing elevated positions to enjoy magnificent views over the loch.
Some lodges can accommodate up to eight; others are smaller, and some even have saunas. Gamekeeper's Cottage at the entrance to the estate sleeps up to six adults. All are fully equipped for a special holiday.
King Kenneth 1V of Scotland was killed at the battle of Monzievaird in 1003.
On the north side of the loch, on what was known as the 'Dry Isle', are the remains of an old fortress called Castle Cluggy. This was the original home of the lairds of Ochtertyre. The fortress was referred to as 'ancient' in a charter of 1467. It belonged to the Red Comyn, who was killed by Robert the Bruce in the convent of the Minorites at Dumfries. It is thought that Sir William Murray last inhabited the castle in the middle of the 17th century.
About 80 yards to the west of the ruin is a small artificial island that served as a prison. At the west end of the loch is a large mound where plague victims were buried in the reign of Charles 1.
The grounds in which our self catering holiday lodges are located are part of a designed landscape, which began with the building of Ochtertyre House as the Murray family seat in Perthshire between 1784 and 1790. This is a Georgian Category A listed building that looks out over Loch Monzievaird from an elevated position. It is now a private house, but in its time it has been a school (Seymour Lodge 1939-1965), a theatre and a restaurant.
The self catering accommodation was developed under separate ownership from Ochtertyre Estate and is contained within an area of approximately 40 acres at the west end of Loch Monzievaird, including the original Gamekeeper's Lodge.
The designed landscape has been described in many articles over the years and has been quoted as having 'outstanding architectural value', as making a 'significant contribution to the local scenery', and providing 'the highest values in nature conservation'. Our grounds are protected by Historic Scotland.
19th century accounts of Ochtertyre describe fine trees 'harmoniously grouped' in the grounds. The woodlands were established as part of the designed landscape in the latter half of the 18th century. They include many two and three hundred-year-old oak, ash, beech and Scots pine trees. There are also some other interesting varieties marked for public knowledge.
The scenery was beautiful enough to inspire Robert Burns on a visit to Ochtertyre in June 1787 to write:
Is there a spot in Scotia fair
So full of beauty rich and rare,
Where Nature with a lavish hand,
Has formed a perfect fairyland?
All gaze with wonder, and admire
Thy beauties, lovely Ochtertyre!